Computer Software
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System Software, Applications and Malware

Computer Software

Software is any set of instructions, data or programs used to operate a computer or perform specific tasks.  Software is the code that tells the hardware what to do.  There are many categories of software.  In this lesson we will learn about system software, applications and malware.

OPERATING SYSTEM

Windows, MacOS, Linux, ChromeOS  iOS, iPadOS, Android

Programs that control devices attached to a computer

DEVICE DRIVERS

System software refers to the software that manages the hardware, resources and applications necessary for the computer to run. Here are several categories and examples within each.

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SYSTEM SOFTWARE

Programs that help analyze, configure or maintain a computer

UTILITIES

INFORMATION SOFTWARE

Word processor, spreadsheet, email, finance, calendar, etc.

Screen savers, video games, software art, etc.

ENTERTAINMENT SOFTWARE

These are programs that perform specific tasks and that run on top of the operating system. Here are some examples of types of applications.

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APPLICATIONS

Malware is any type of code or program that causes harm to your system.  These programs include viruses, worms, trojans, rootlkits, spyware, ransomeware and more.

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Classroom & learning management, reference, encyclopedia 

 

EDUCATION SOFTWARE

Animation, audio & video editing, music, graphic design, etc.

DEVELOPMENT SOFTWARE

Viruses, trojans, worms, rootkits, ransomware, spyware, etc

MALWARE

MALWARE